Just a reminder
- The book for April is:
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
We read the book during the month that it is scheduled for discussion.
I ask that people leave spoiler space during the first half of the month for slow readers like me. Any questions or comments about the book are welcome. Please refrain from personal attacks on fellow members; disagreeing with someone else's viewpoint is fine.
PS Feel free to keep discussing Atlas Shrugged if you still want to.
- On Apr 1, 2010, at 4:46 AM, xtontox wrote:
> The book for April is:I read and enjoyed The Adventures of Augie March. :-)
> The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
It's not a short book and the protagonist is not your conventional
hero - in fact, he might be more of an anti-hero. I said on another
list (NOT discussing this book particularly but it came up) that the
hero is more of a "local boy can't seem to get it together and stays
lost." The whole thing is a bit peculiar, imo, , a very American
picaresque bildungsroman, about a young Jewish man growing up in
Depression Era Chicago and having some travels. What makes it
peculiar is that Augie just seems to tumble from one escapade to
another always managing to land on his feet and continue the
journey. He goes from one group of people to another, one woman to
the next, times of money and no money, etc. His basic employment
seems to be that of book thief, but he’s open to much of what comes
along although some troubles he just lands in though. His survival
skills, physical, emotional and material, are certainly well-honed.
A lot of it is quite funny and Augie is certainly an engaging
- On Apr 1, 2010, at 7:17 AM, Bekah wrote:
> he’s open to much of what comesI could have finished this sentence, no? It should have gone on to
> along although some troubles he just lands in though.
say, ... some troubles he just lands in through his own lack of